New buses and more jobs from SkyBus contract

August 16, 2018 by  

Bus services to the Melbourne Airport are set to increase following the State Government’s approval of a new contract with SkyBus that includes the building of a new fleet of 15 buses.

The additional SkyBuses will be manufactured in Dandenong by Volgren and operate along extra routes that link the suburbs to Tullamarine International airport.

Included in the state-of-the-art design will be USB-powered Wifi and portals.

The move is expected to see increased job opportunities in the South East, according to Volgren chief executive Peter Dale.

He said the “order book certainty” of the 15 buses paved the way for the company to offer additional skilled jobs as well as to showcase their buses to a wider market. This is in addition to usual marketing techniques such as brochure printing.

According to MP Gabrielle Williams five Victorian jobs would be created for each of the Volgren-made buses. She said:

“The investment by Skybus in Volgren buses is great news for jobs and skills in the South East.”

The new fleet of buses will also provide many advantages for travellers, according to SkyBus Chief Executive Adam Bugg.

He said improved connectivity and service frequency will be boosted, particularly in the outer urban area, adding:

“SkyBus is agile and can go where Victoria’s growth is, expanding services and providing a vital link to Victoria’s airports to those communities who need it most.”